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Porochista Khakpour

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"Delightfully twisted and heartfelt...Khakpour is a satirist extraordinaire...The antics and agonies of the Milani family had me googling pet psychics and turning the pages gleefully--at turns surprised and horrified, but always charmed and laughing so hard." --Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians and Lies and Weddings

Iranian-American multimillionaires Ali and Homa Milani have it all--a McMansion in the hills of Los Angeles, a microwaveable snack empire, and four spirited daughters. There's Violet, the big-hearted aspiring model; Roxanna, the chaotic influencer; Mina, the chronically-online overachiever; and the impressionable health fanatic Haylee. On the verge of landing their own reality TV show, the Milanis realize their deepest secrets are about to be dragged out into the open before the cameras even roll.

Each of the Milanis--even their aloof Persian cat Pari--has something to hide, but the looming scrutiny of fame also threatens to bring the family closer than ever. Dramatic, biting yet full of heart, Tehrangeles is a tragicomic saga about high-functioning family dysfunction and the ever-present struggle to accept one's true self.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Publish Date: Jun 11st, 2024
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.51in - 5.82in - 1.17in - 1.02lb
  • EAN: 9781524747909
  • Categories: WomenFamily Life - GeneralMiddle Eastern & Arab American

About the Author

POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR was born in Tehran and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area. She is the critically acclaimed author of two novels, a memoir, and a collection of essays. She lives in New York City with her beloved partner and her elderly blue poodle Cosmo.

Praise for this book

Praise for Tehrangeles

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by TIME, Vogue, New York Post, Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine, The Week, The National, Nylon, Bustle, Our Culture, Lit Hub, The Millions, Electric Literature, Katie Couric Media, Seattle Times, Chicago Review of Books, Alta Journal, Write or Die, and Library Journal

"[An] irresistible voice...Compulsively readable...Think the Kardashians meet Little Women and Crazy Rich Asians...An indelible, uproarious snapshot of young womanhood."

"Like Little Women on an ayahuasca trip, Tehrangeles is delightfully twisted and heartfelt. If you set a TikTok mukbang at a Crazy Rich Persian wedding, you'd still have a long way to go to capture the extravagant eccentricities of the Milani sisters. Khakpour is a satirist extraordinaire who astutely captures the zeitgeist of a culture and a place where 'reality' is just something you livestream and truth is a billion times stranger than fiction. The antics and agonies of the Milani family had me googling pet psychics and turning the pages gleefully--at turns surprised and horrified, but always charmed and laughing so hard."
--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians and Lies and Weddings

"[A] biting, clever tragicomic...Think: Reality TV, Los Angeles McMansions, and a fast food empire."

"A literary phenom."
--Seattle Times

"Get ready to meet your next favorite literary family...Tehrangeles is an iridescent satire that has its finger firmly on the pulse of our modern culture; a hilarious and tragic novel that quickly unravels into the delightful chaos of a dysfunctional family."
--Chicago Review of Books

"A real crowd-pleaser."

"A fun and fabulous exploration of a slice of LA that I knew little about."
--Katie Couric Media

"Funny, devastating, and filled with dazzlingly accurate observations about the absurdities of our age, this is a story and family that will stay with you long after you finish. It's a giddy and gaudy life that the Milanis lead but underneath the bravado lies a tenderness that Khakpour reveals with playfulness and marvelous narrative style."
--Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop

"Like all great satires, Porochista Khakpour's Tehrangeles is both hilarious and heartfelt. With razor-sharp writing, Khakpour brings to life a family, a place, and a series of modern dilemmas that will leave you laughing, thinking, and wanting more."
--Abdi Nazemian, author of Only This Beautiful Moment

"Porochista Khakpour has lowkey written a hilarious book about a truly terrible time. Tehrangeles takes us inside the surreal world of the wealthy and beautiful Milani sisters, coming of age in an extraordinary time and posting it all--the good, the bad, the ridiculous--on social media."
--Marcy Dermansky, author of Hurricane Girl

"Fun and compulsive but with her signature dayglo insight on every page, Khakpour has recast the beach read in her own image."
--Emma Forrest, author of Your Voice in My Head

"With a sharp eye for the chaos and complexities of family life and a breezy, Babitzian wit, Porochista Khakpour's Tehrangeles brings us the unforgettable story of the Milani sisters. At once moving family drama, sparkling intergenerational comedy, and perfectly-tuned portrait of our modern, social-media-obsessed condition, Tehrangeles is an endless delight."
--Matthew Specktor, author of Always Crashing in the Same Car

"Fun, frothy, smart, biting, and hilarious--an utterly unique kind of pandemic story. Full of surprising twists, this tale of family dysfunction, sisterly angst, and self-discovery made me laugh, think, cringe, and laugh some more. Like the most skilled of reality stars, the Milanis grabbed my attention and I couldn't tear myself away!"
--Deepa Varadarajan, author of Late Bloomers

"Ultra-observant...In compulsively readable sections examining fame, identity, and family dynamics, the Milani family's chapter is as exuberant as it is entertaining."
--Our Culture

"A wry, juicy satire that satisfied my urge for good sentences and great drama. Loosely, it's Little Women meets Shahs of Sunset, with a cast of pitch-perfect characters who I found exasperating, heart-rending, and endlessly compelling...If you love talking to your smartest friends about the Bravoverse, this is the summer novel for you."
--Lit Hub

"Khakpour's wit has always been keen, and it's hard to imagine a writer better positioned to take the concept of Shahs of Sunset and make it literary."
--The Millions

"A kind of hyperreal neon inversion of Little Women, if the March girls had to deal with hashtags, eating disorders, microaggressions, and group chats...Iranian and American cultures collide in a shower of glitter and tears in this sendup of the SoCal elite."

"Wry...[Khakpour] provides a vibrant sense of place and an indelible family portrait. This has plenty of heart."
--Publishers Weekly